Elections Chief Wants More Time to Review Walker Recall Petitions

If the request is granted by a judge, a likely recall primary election would be held on May 15, with the general election on June 12.

The state's top election official plans to ask a judge for more time to review the Gov. Scott Walker recall petitions, which would push the date of a possible recall election back to May or June.

Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy on Friday recommended the GAB board request an push its deadline back from March 19 to April 6. Kennedy said his staff cannot complete its work on the recall petitions against Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch until at least March 30.

If the board moves forward with Kennedy's request at its meeting on Monday, the matter would go before Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess on Wednesday. If Niess grants the extension and the recall election was ordered on the newly proposed deadline, a recall election would be held on May 15. If a primary were required — which is likely in the governor's race — it would be held May 15 and the general election would be held June 12.

If a recall election was ordered on the original March 19 deadline, the recall primary would take place May 1, and the general election on May 29, the day after Memorial Day.

In a statement, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, an announced Democratic candidate for governor, said she sees no reason why the election should be delayed because Walker has conceded there are enough signatures.

“This unprecedented delay will deny the will of the more than one million people who have followed the letter of the law to hold this election now," the Falk campaign said in a statement. "This move will disenfranchise them and it will disenfranchise thousands and thousands of university students across Wisconsin who will face obstacles for residency requirements never seen before in the history of Wisconsin thanks to the 28-day residency requirement in Gov. Walker’s voter suppression bill.

"We will pursue any and all means available to ensure Wisconsin’s university students are not disenfranchised by this unjustified and unnecessary delay.”

A May 15 primary election and a June 12 general election were the preferred dates expressed by county clerks. Kennedy said the proposed election schedule provides clerks with the most flexibility for addressing post spring election requirements without moving the election too close to Memorial Day. 

Kennedy and the GAB staff on Friday confirmed there are enough valid recall petition signatures to order a recall election , but Kennedy said the board should advocate to have those elections on the same day as a gubernatorial recall election to save taxpayers money.

A preliminary survey by the GAB shows a single statewide recall event will cost counties and municipalities at least $9 million, a primary would cost another $9 million, and a separate senate recall election would cost an additional $1 million in each senate district.

Steve March 10, 2012 at 05:17 AM
True, nothing against that.
Steve March 10, 2012 at 05:25 AM
84 train jobs vs thousands of mining jobs, private vs borrowed federal money public vs private creation in general it isn't a comparison. A Spain built train is put on line in a few years, mine takes decades. The article is pure speculation worded as fact. Mineral prices go up and down all the time and the mine wouldn't have produced a ton of taconite tomorrow if passed. There is no reason that Gtach would invest millions then not want dividends on that investment. Especially with Chinese demand so high for the ore. Possibly economic recovery here in America fueled by new resources that create jobs which creates demand which creates more need for resources. But that was stopped, cold. Why not pull out if you go a few miles over to MI to open up shop. Innovation was hit hard this week.
Steve March 10, 2012 at 05:26 AM
The possibilities are fun to think of. The dems gave them so much ammo that I am sure they are in the works already.
Steve March 10, 2012 at 06:08 AM
At least he only signed once http://images.iverifytherecall.com/images/sw/sw052426.png
Steve March 10, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Just search Scott Walker. There is a very colorful signature to be found. You are disillusion not to think there are not double names, fake names, wives signing for husbands and other fraud, proof has been posted many times. Here I wasted my time to prove just a few: page 17 http://webapps.wi.gov/sites/recall/Recall%20Petitions/Governor/GOV%20151851-151900.pdf Page 16 http://webapps.wi.gov/sites/recall/Recall%20Petitions/Governor/GOV%20601-650.pdf Nice: http://images.iverifytherecall.com/images/sw/sw039666.png I expect all petition gathers here to be charged with election fraud.... right?
KTinWI March 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Steve -- I just checked the links to supposed fraud you posted... what's the fraud you're pointing out on pages 16 & 17? I see nothing there. As for your third one, signed "Scott Walker" followed by the vulgarity, there's little doubt that was NOT a recall supporter.
Craig March 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@Keith: My Book burning? Interesting Freudian slip there Keith. Anything to do with books and burning people is your department.
Craig March 10, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Don't forget the RAIL jobs would come out of the taxpayer's pocket. That is comparing apples to oranges.
Renee March 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
mau, you spelled capitalization wrong
mau March 10, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Yes I know. One typo compared to......... I typically don't point out bloggers writing styles but I'm not the one who started throwing flames. I myself admit I got out of public school with very poor reading, writing and math skills. But over the years I have made an effort to correct that deficiency. I do make every attempt to use capitalization and punctuation correctly though I do admit even that isn't perfect.
Bren March 10, 2012 at 07:20 PM
As a child I was taught that losing one's composure during a discourse was to lose the argument. That includes resorting to invective, profanity, raising one's voice, etc. I encourage civil discourse because I prefer to debate on a level playing field with intellectual peers.
Mike Dee March 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
you can't drive a car without a licence, you can't buy alcohol without a ID both of which you have to pay for,but you complain about having to get a ID to vote. What are you hiding from? Afraid of a fair election apparently.
Bren March 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The GTAC website state states 700 permanent jobs, let's stick with the actual numbers: http://gogebictaconite.com/economics.html The temporary jobs could likely be a combination of local jobs and out-of-state contractors. Close examination of potential environmental damage needs to be done before embarking on large-scale projects. I'm sure Youngstown Ohio was excited about the economic potential of opening a gas drilling brine wastewater well, but less so about the dozen earthquakes (highest registering 4.0 magnitude) that have occurred in the area in 2011: http://online.wsj.com/article/AP6f04bbcf2fb9418d9a9befaa122c3dbd.html The lessons being learned once again is that sometimes the vision of dollar signs impairs the vision of corporate executives and legislators (looking at you, Scott Fitzgerald). I'm not "saying" that technology is bad, I'm saying take the time to do it right and everyone will benefit.
Bren March 10, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Mike Dee, driving a car or purchasing alcohol are not Constitutionally-protected rights. It's not fiscally conservative to spend $5-6 million on a Voter ID that is not justified. There is no evidence to suggest rampant fraud. The Commonwealth of Virginia recently decided it couldn't afford their version of the Voter ID bill and voted it down.
Mike in OC March 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
@bren because you dont think its rampant or cant see it, it shouldnt be prevented? im glad they didnt listen to your arguments when they implement hate crime legislation and spousal abuse legislation.....
Randy1949 March 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
@Mike Dee -- I'm currently driving on a license for which I haven't shown a birth certificate in over forty years. And there are places that will sell me alcohol without carding me, based on my obviously mature appearance. Explain to me why I shouldn't simply be able to swap that driver's license (that started having my picture on it some years back) for a State ID card when I get to the age that my eyesight has gone?
Randy1949 March 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
@Bren --Or how about this -- spend that 5-6 million on issuing Photo ID voting cards to currently registered voters who qualified under the old rules? Or maybe just those few of them that didn't have other forms of Photo ID?
Craig March 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
@Randy: That isn't a bad idea, except for a few people who have moved here under an assumed name (from another state). I saw on the news a story about a guy who went through the trouble to obtain his birth certificate from another state. He found out his real name was different than he was going by. It does make me wonder how many illegals and criminals are holding a valid DL issued in this state. I would accept your proposal, as long as there was a way to weed out those who are wanted and in hiding. I personally would like to have fingerprints at the polls- no way to vote multiple times, and it would be an inexpensive and useful tool. Of course that leads to debates on Big Brother with a fingerprint database..
Bucky March 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Walker is now fighting to buy time before he is charged with criminal activity, and he is misleading the Wisconsin people along the way at he stares at the recall election. Dan Bice gets a money quote from election law attorney extraordinaire, Michael Maistelman: "The only way you can set [a legal defense fund] up is if you are under investigation or being prosecuted. One can only draw the conclusion that either one of those two things is happening." Maistelman is widely regarded as the guy in Wisconsin you want if you need election law advice.
Mike in OC March 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
oh yeah... Daniel Bice has credibility.... lol
Bucky March 11, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Mike ... Little common sense, facts stated by professionals, and Walker hiring 2 top gun lawyers tell me that the Weasel is going down.
James R Hoffa March 11, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Attention Fellow Walker Backers - This Is A Call To Arms: Proudly show your support for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and our fellow State Senators at a rally being held at Brookfield Square Mall on Saturday, March 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, brought to you by the same grassroots team that organized the highly successful 'Celebrate Walker' rally, please visit the official homepage for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/307338025994069/ Hope to see you all there!!!
Renee March 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Nobody's perfect mau. And now I've decided to give Walker a chance with the mess he inherited. Just like the conservatives have given/will give our president.
morninmist March 11, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Yes, one hour less to send Walker packing (and the Lt. Gov and the 4 Repup Senators). john hershberger ‏ @hershinmad Good morning #Wiunion #wirecall #recallwalker 1 less hour to wait for recall election. Set clocks FORWARD!
morninmist March 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Wonderful pics from our rally in Madison on Saturday. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/10/1073219/-CONFIDENCE-A-Photo-Diary-of-Today-s-Amazing-Reclaim-Wisconsin-Rally
Bucky March 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
This Is A Call To Arms ... Bring all the $$$ that you have to support Walkers DEFENSE FUND. Walker needs all the cash that he gets his hands on to pay for his top gun lawyers. Come to the rally in the alley and bring your wallets !
morninmist March 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
@ Bucky ha ha. Yes, I am sure Walker will gladly take any money he can get--even in a dark alley.
Gamez Faulcon March 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Before there is a recall. I demand that all the names that are official be made public so that we can all see the evidence.
Randy1949 March 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Go to the site where the GAB has photocopies of the petitions posted and do the legwork yourself. Why expect the taxpayers of Wisconsin to make it easier for you?
Walker March 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
They can't help but exaggerate. It's what they do best. Exaggerate widespread voter fraud.


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